Swim with stingrays and other top things to do in the Cayman Islands

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Swimming with stingrays was always a dream of mine. In general I’m against interacting with wildlife, but when it’s in their own natural habitat, and they are free to go away whenever they want, I think it’s a different story. So researching for my bucket list I came across Stingray City, the perfect place to meet these amazing creatures. I was already sold. But then I read about other top things to do in the Cayman Islands and I just couldn’t wait. So I booked a ticket. I’m sure after reading this guide and looking through the pictures, you won’t be able to stop yourself from doing the same : )

Top things to do in the Cayman Islands

Swim with stingrays: Stingray City

This is one of those experiences you dream of, but you think it’ll never happen. It’s not an easy place to reach, you imagine it’s gonna cost a fortune, or you’re simply too afraid of the stingrays, right?

Well, none of the above is true. Getting to Central America is easy, and from there the Caribbean is at hand’s reach. To swim with stingrays you go to a sandbar, so all you need is to pay for a boat to take you there (and there’s a ton). And the stingrays themselves (in that area) are super friendly! They’re use to having people around, and the guys that take you there feed them, so the stingrays show their best behavior around the curious humans.

The whole experience leaves you speechless. After an about 30 minutes ride, you get to Stingray City. There’s a barrier reef that protects the sandbar, so the sea looks like a turquoise lake. The boat stops, and you jump to the water. There’s something both unsettling and deeply relaxing about standing in the middle of the Caribbean Sea, having dozens of deadly creatures around you, feeling them slide through your legs, and being able to pet them to boot! They live in their natural habitat and they’re completely free in the sea, yet they come to make some human friends, and to get a snack or two. They’re docile, graceful, and the opposite of shy! Stingrays are one of the most wonderful creatures I’ve ever encounter ❤️

The heart-warming feeling they’ll give you will stick with you for a long, long time, trust me!

 The underwater camera cost less than €50. Even though the quality above water is not the best, under it is quite good. Such a great investment!
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Swimming with stingrays, Cayman Islands – Experiencing the Globe
Pure happiness ❤️
To the sandbar, Cayman Islands – Experiencing the Globe
Nothing’s more relaxing than to chill on the bow of a boat while looking at the Caribbean Sea
To the sandbar, Cayman Islands – Experiencing the Globe
Don’t believe me? A sneak peek of the view might help 🙂

Go to Hell

While in George Town I also had the opportunity to go to Hell. Yes, as you hear it. No one sent me there, I got there on my own xD

Hell is a small village in the north west of Grand Cayman, the biggest of the Cayman Islands. It’s a unique black limestone formation that got its name because “that’s how hell must look like”. Seriously.

Besides the unusual views, you get to meet the devil (he’ll greet you with a nice “how the hell are you”), and you can send a postcard from Hell to your loved ones (gotta love the irony, right?). It’s super touristy, but it doesn’t take away from the curious experience.

Hell, Cayman Islands – Experiencing the Globe
Isn’t this how you imagined hell to be? Well, me neither…
Hell, Cayman Islands – Experiencing the Globe
How the hell did this happen?


Drink rum at the source

Make sure you stop at the Tortuga Rum Factory. Not only they have great rum, of every flavor you can imagine, but they also make the most delicious rum cakes! Think of a perfect sponge cake soaked with sweet, yummy rum. You have it? Well, it’s even better!

I kid you not, I could have spent days there, having my whole diet based in rum…

Tortuga rum factory, Cayman Islands – Experiencing the Globe
Can’t hide my excitement!

Explore the beaches and the wildlife

Leave time to have a drink in a beach bar, and to do some sunbathing in the lovely sandy beaches. In any self respected “best beaches around the world” list you’ll find Seven Mile Beach, so you must stop there -for bragging rights, and because it truly deserves its spot on those lists.

After relaxing, swimming and getting a tan, don’t forget to explore and enjoy nature. The animals roaming around the island are fascinating! I was lucky to run into toucans, iguanas, chameleons, and turtles, to name a few ❤️

Relax Cayman Islands – Experiencing the Globe
Relax and enjoy

 

 
 
 
 
 
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Nature Cayman Islands – Experiencing the Globe
And marvel at the amazing nature!
Cayman Islands flag – Experiencing the Globe
A piece of the UK in the middle of the Caribbean

PRO TIP – Be a sustainable traveler and don’t forget to pack a reef-friendly sunscreen 😉


Was it worth a spot in the list?

The Cayman Islands are paradise. The turquoise water and the natural diversity make them worthy of a spot on anyone’s bucket list. Only swimming with stingrays is an experience you’ll remember for the rest of your life, all the other things are amazing bonuses!


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28 thoughts on “Swim with stingrays and other top things to do in the Cayman Islands”

  1. It sounds like you really had a great time exploring the Cayman Islands. So interesting place especially the hell small village😊

    1. I’m always looking for interesting things, so in the Caribbean my aim was to have more to do than to go to the beach, and this was perfect! 🙂

  2. This sounds like to have a great day with stingrays.Never heard about this type of adventure. I hope that in future i may experience .Thank you for such a beautiful article and sharing your activities

    1. I’m so happy you’re getting inspired! Please let me know if you need any tips on your trips! Happy travels! ❤️✈️

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